ESPN gives final bowl projections for Notre Dame
ESPN updated its final bowl projections on Sunday morning.
Both Kyle Bonagura and Mark Schlabach are projecting Notre Dame to go to the Gator Bowl to face an SEC program. Bonagura is predicting that opponent will be South Carolina, while Schlabach believes it will be Mississippi State.
Notre Dame has played in the Gator Bowl three times before. Its last appearance was back in 2002, which was a loss for the Fighting Irish. Their lone win at the Gator Bowl came all the way back in 1976.
Notre Dame and Mississippi State have never met in football. However, the Irish have played four games against South Carolina. They are 3-1 all-time against the Gamecocks. The last matchup came back in 1984 when South Carolina defeated Notre Dame in South Bend. These programs have never met in a bowl game.
Notre Dame went 8-4 this season in Marcus Freeman’s first year in charge. The bowl game will be another difficult challenge for Freeman to navigate, as starting quarterback Drew Pyne is set to transfer from the program.
If Tyler Buchner isn’t healthy enough to play, that means true freshman Steve Angeli will be the only scholarship QB available for the bowl game.
The Gator Bowl will be played on Dec. 30 in Jacksonville, Fla.